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If the new department store would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting many holiday shoppers.
would open by Thanksgiving, it will be attracting
would be opened by Thanksgiving, it would be able to attract
was opening by Thanksgiving, it would be able to attract
was to open by Thanksgiving, it also will attract
opens before Thanksgiving, it will attract

I am finding it difficult to mug up the idiom usages. Mugging up is not my forte. Is there any other way to memorize idioms?

We adopted new procedures with the aim of reducing theft. - Correct
We adopted new procedures with the aim to reduce theft. - Incorrect

Any idea which rule has been applied here or do we have to mug it up?

Because there are provisions of the new maritime code that provide that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, they have already stimulated international disputes over uninhabited islands.
(A) Because there are provisions of the new maritime code that provide that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, they have already stimulated
(B) Because the new maritime code provides that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, it has already stimulated
(C) Even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, already stimulating
(D) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, this has already stimulated
(E) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code,which is already stimulating


I would go with B

A - the antecedent for pronoun 'they' is ambiguous.
B - correct
C - can be easily eliminated
D - the pronoun 'this' intends to stand for the provisions of the maritime code and hence is gramatically wrong.
E - absence of a main clause.

is correct option D?

Because there are provisions of the new maritime code that provide that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, they have already stimulated international disputes over uninhabited islands.
(A) Because there are provisions of the new maritime code that provide that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, they have already stimulated
(B) Because the new maritime code provides that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, it has already stimulated
(C) Even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, already stimulating
(D) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, this has already stimulated
(E) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code,which is already stimulating

Vishal84 Says
We know that infinitives lose the 'to' when they follow certain verbs such as hear. In that respect, we have come across statements like "Can you hear someone screaming"? Is this sentence correct or is "Can you hear someone scream" correct?


"Can you hear someone screaming" looks like a better option because it depicts present tense...

We know that infinitives lose the 'to' when they follow certain verbs such as hear. In that respect, we have come across statements like "Can you hear someone screaming"? Is this sentence correct or is "Can you hear someone scream" correct?

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Vishal84 Says
Can you please explain the reason to choose or and not and?

I see it this way, X may be unwise cause Y or Z...there may b other reasons than Y and Z...its just that these two hve been mentioned here ...'AND' on the other hand will limit the no. of reasons and distort the meaning.

this is only my understanding , someone pl correct, if necessary.
I think, where would be more appropriate referring to places, further changes demand have and finally or and not and is apt.

so D


Can you please explain the reason to choose or and not and?

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